EVENT: Rebecca Chesney artist talk

Artist-in-Residence, Rebecca Chesney in conversation with Emma Geliot, Editor CCQ magazine

Saturday 19th March, 11am-1pm

National Park Visitor Centre, Brecon Beacons
Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8ER
www.breconbeacons.org

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Rebecca Chesney, based in Preston, Lancashire is the first Artist-in-Residence for the Black Mountains, in partnership with PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Rebecca’s projects are specific to the locations she works in and take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment. Rebecca is particularly interested in ‘the economic value of attracting visitors to the National Park and how that is balanced with the protection of its ecology.’ Rebecca is living and working in the Black Mountains from Jan-March 2016, responding to the distinct environment – its history, ecology and culture – to produce new work.

Rebecca has worked extensively across the UK, including residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, as well as projects in India, South Africa and the Netherlands. www.rebeccachesney.com

11am-11:30am. Arrival. Refreshments can be purchased from the Visitor Centre tea rooms.

11:30 – 1pm. Rebecca will give a presentation about her work followed by an interview with Emma Geliot and Q&A with the audience.

Places are limited! To book a place contact:
Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager

E: rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk  / T: 01873 811579

Directions. National Park Visitor Centre is signposted from Libanus on the A470, approximately 4 miles south west of Brecon. The pay and display car park at the Visitor Centre is £2 for 2hrs or more. If you are interested in car-sharing please make this known when booking your place.


CCQ

Lottery_landscape_CMYK

Unknown-1ACW_logo_CMYK_portraitWG_Sponsored_land_col

 

Advertisements

PEAK Artist in Residence – post no 2

Rebecca Chesney is our first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains, as part of a collaboration between PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Click here for more information about the residency

Blog Post no 2: February 2016

While I’m here in the Brecon Beacons National Park I’m collecting colours. I am developing a paint range to represent the Brecon Beacons that will reflect all the interests in the landscape: it’s ecology and geology, industry and tourism, policy and economics, culture and history.

I’ve been here nearly two weeks looking at the human impact on the landscape, and have been walking lots and exploring the area in all weathers. I had a great meeting on Friday with the Senior Ecologist of the National Park and he gave me loads of information on the relationship between all the interested parties in the landscape: how it’s managed, the impact of tourism and threats to ecology.

It’s coming to the end of this phase of my residency. I’ve tried to see as much of the landscape as I can: I’ve been in quarries and visited derelict lime kilns; walked stretches of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal and the river Usk, and visited lakes and reservoirs; walked up Pen y Fan, Tor y Foel and Y Fal (Sugar Loaf); and had meetings with the National Park senior ecologist and also the  Fforest Fawr Geopark geologist.

Most of it was in the rain.

Rebecca Chesney
February 2016

www.rebeccachesney.com

rebeccachesney.tumblr.com

Unknown-1

ACW_logo_CMYK_portrait

PEAK Artist in Residence – post no1

Rebecca Chesney is our first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains, as part of a collaboration between PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Click here for more information about the residency

Blog Post no 1: November 2015

My research week with PEAK in the Brecon Beacons National Park started crisp and clear with the Black Mountains white with snow and the sky blue. My accommodation for the duration of the residency, in a valley above Llangynidr, is nestled in a farming landscape of stone walls, hedges, livestock, tractors and muddy lanes. My first night was dark and starry with only the sound of running water outside the cottage; and I spent the following morning strolling down overgrown paths beside a fast flowing stream with dippers bobbing and the sound of farm dogs howling.

Chesney 1 Chesney 2

 

 

 

 

Meeting and chatting about the work of the Brecon Beacons National Park with the Sustainable Development Officers and the Senior Ecologist of the Park gave me lots to think about, and another of my days was spent walking up Table Mountain with the Arts Alive Wales staff then spending the afternoon discovering what downtown Crickhowell has to offer.

I’ve been allocated two guides during the residency, artist Penny Hallas and poet Lyndon Davies, to provide help and local information and we spent Black Friday on Black Bog, explored caves with old graffiti, walked along disused tramlines and talked about art and landscape.

Chesney 3

Chesney 4

 

 

 

 

In between busy days of meetings, conversations and connecting to others I had time alone to read and reflect. I took long walks and tested my map reading skills in finding unmarked, infrequently used footpaths, got chased by mean looking dogs in shitty farmyards and shared the hilltops with nobody, only red kites and buzzards overhead.

Chesney 5Chesney 6

 

 

 

 

On the last evening Arts Alive Wales organised a small gathering of staff, board members and artists for a shared meal: a generous and lovely way to end my week.

My visit was a balanced combination of making connections and meeting others with being alone and given time to concentrate and contemplate ideas for the coming 5 weeks in spring. I left feeling inspired and excited for my return in January.

Rebecca Chesney
November 2015

www.rebeccachesney.com

rebeccachesney.tumblr.com

ACW_logo_CMYK_portrait

Unknown-1

Rebecca Chesney selected for PEAK Artist Residency

PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are delighted to announce that artist Rebecca Chesney has been selected as the first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains, from over 120 applications.

Rebecca, based near Preston, Lancashire responded ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected for the PEAK residency. It’s such an exciting opportunity to be a part of and I and can’t wait to get started.’

Rebecca’s projects are specific to the locations she works in and take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment.Her work is ‘concerned with how we perceive the land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces.’ In relation to the residency Rebecca is particularly interested in ‘the economic value of attracting visitors to the National Park and how that is balanced with the protection of its ecology.’ 

Rebecca has worked extensively across the UK, including residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, as well as projects in India, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the response to the first PEAK residency and really appreciate the time and energy that artists commit when applying for an opportunity like this. Rebecca’s work was a natural fit with the interests of PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park, particularly her concern with the perception of rural environments and communities. We also feel that Rebecca’s approach will question us and really encourage us to think about what we want to achieve through a residency programme.’

Rebecca will complete a week of research in the Black Mountains in autumn 2015 and then a five week residency, based near Llangynidr between Jan-March 2016. Rebecca will contribute to the PEAK blog and post news of public events and talks. PEAK will also deliver a series of creative sessions for local young people in response to the residency.

www.rebeccachesney.com

The PEAK & BBNPA Artist Residency is funded by:

Unknown-1
ACW_logo_CMYK_portraitWG_Sponsored_land_col

Lottery_landscape_CMYK

The Morel Trust

With thanks to :
Artists Pip Woolf & Kirsty Claxton
Artist Jane Bennett
The Eco Travel Network